Kirimachi Ramen opened up early this week at their new location at 3 Embarcadero Center in FiDi. The popular ramen restaurant was previously located in North Beach, but they had to relocate because the building they were in was sold to a new owner.
I arrived at 11:35am on Wednesday (before Thanksgiving) and was greeted by a bright and cute Japanese graffiti-like mural with lucky pigs in San Francisco. By this time, the restaurant was already halfway full and bubbling with loud chatter. The seating is a mixture of wooden communal tables and individual tables for 2 to 4 people.
How to Eat Tsukemen
I was really excited to try this place out because I've heard great things about the food and the best part is everything is made in-house. I ordered the popular tsukemen aka "dipping noodles". The noodles are brought to you cold and the broth comes separately. It may look complicated to eat, but it's not. For those unfamiliar, the way you eat it is to grab a small amount of noodles with your chopsticks (do not over do it) and dip it into the broth briefly and slurp away.
The Ramen Review
The broth is incredible and very flavorful. It was like taking really good ramen broth and reducing it down to rich and fatty perfection. The noodles were also cooked perfectly, thick and nice consistency with a great chew. The soft boiled eggs were runny and yolky (I had an extra order). The four pork slices were tender and tasty. I loved the mushrooms and bamboo shoots. The different components added extra excitement to the ramen bowl, but the noodles and broth were the true stars and I'd be happy eating those two things alone at Kirimachi. The tsukemen gets two thumbs up from me. I would highly recommend it.
I look forward to returning back here to try out the rest of their menu offerings. In addition to the ramen, there are a lot of things I'd love to try out, like their uni risotto and tartar, natto tacos, and poke.
Visiting Kirimachi Ramen
3 Embarcadero Ctr. San Francisco, CA 94111
- Lunch: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Dinner: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.